The Elf isn't the Problem

I have a confession to make…I don’t hate the Elf on the Shelf (EOTS). Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t love the damn Elf either, but hate…well that’s kinda a strong word for a little dude that has brought smiles to my kids....more

Peppermint Swirl Double Fudge Brownies (Optional: Adorable Spoon-Licking Toddler)

  If you love mint chocolate chip ice cream, or peppermint york patties, or candy canes, or perfectly chewy brownies, or buttercream birthday cake icing, or chocolate in general - ok, basically if you are breathing, you will most likely love these brownies....more

Cranberry Pomegranate Spritzers

Image Credit: Because I Like ChocolateThere is nothing like a festive drink for the holidays. Seasonal fruits like pomegranates, cranberries and pears make these spritzers perfect for any Christmas get together!...more

And so it begins...

The holiday season.Many of you have been looking forward to the holidays.  Thoughts of turkeys roasting, pies baking, shopping madness, and time spent with family and friends have you filled with nostalgic happiness.I normally am a big fan of the holidays.  But I've been dreading this particular holiday season for quite some time now.  And now here it is upon us and I'm not sure how I feel....more

Holiday Gift Ideas For Under $100 - Fabulous Holiday Gifts For Women

Happy Thanksgiving! May you and your family celebrate this warm and wonderful occasion with good health and happiness....more

When Will It Be My Turn to Host the Family Thanksgiving Dinner?

Today we will not get to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade while playing parade bingo. Our immediate four person family (and the dog) will instead spend the majority of the parade time slot driving to Pennsylvania to be with my side of the family for the holiday this year. Next year, we will split the day in half between my husband's mom and dad. Rinse repeat for the prior years, the years yet to come. While I am thankful for large families who want our presence and whose presence we want to be in, it is exhausting to always be the one to travel for the holidays. When will it be our turn to host a big holiday like Thanksgiving? ...more
Love this, Jenna.  A few years back, one of my aunts made a comment that "the 2nd generation ...more

Cranberry Ginger Pear Pie

A beautiful holiday cranberry ginger pear pie with tender pears, tart cranberries and spicy ginger that warms you up on those cold winter days! ...more

Holiday Gift Guide for Her.

The holiday season is upon us, friends and countrymen. It snuck up a bit, didn’t it? Feels a bit sudden this year– but I’m definitely ready for pumpkin pie, stockings, and trimming a tree.How is your holiday shopping coming along? I put together a few of my favorite things, all of which would be perfect gifts for the fabulous women in your life: mothers, sisters, and best friends (or you, if you’re so inclined). The best part? All of these little bits and baubles are available online, so that means you can skip the hordes at the mall....more

Pain, Social Media, Lies & Perfect Lives {A Thanksgiving Post}

From the outside looking in, the lives of more than a few people you can think of may seem a bit too good to be true. Be honest, you've thought it. I mean, just spend five minutes on Pinterest and you'll start to hyperventilate a little inside at the sickening amount of beauty, talent and creativity that apparently belongs to millions of other women in the world….except for you.The picture we paint of our lives to the outside world is an issue I've pondered lately....more

There's a First TIme for Everything

Here it is, the Tuesday before America's Thanksgiving Day holiday.  Guess what I did yesterday?  It is something I have NEVER done in my entire life!  I decorated for Christmas.  Yes I did.  I put away the fall decorations and hauled out my Christmas ones.  I have no idea what got into me since I was so cranky yesterday.  But guess what?  The crankies went away.  The cup of coffee and the decorating took it away.  So now I am ready for "The Holidays"....more